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I’ve been reading through the book of Isaiah lately and ran across this verse:

“For all this His anger is not turned away, but His hand is stretched out still” (Isaiah 9:17).

Israel had turned their hearts away from God. They had adopted much of the idol worship and ideology of the nations around them. They were not seeking God to say the very least. But His mercy was still available to them.

What strikes me about this verse is the reality that no matter how much the children of Israel turned away from God, He was still there wanting them back. God’s hands were a symbol of mercy, not destruction.

I don’t know about you, but I’ve let God down many times. I’ve not been there when He needed me. I’ve made stupid mistakes and taken Him for granted. But He has always, and I mean always, been there when I turned around. His mercy was extended to me at all moments in my life. A great definition of mercy is God not giving me what I deserve.

Take some time to thank God for His mercy today. Take some time to meditate on how God’s hand is still extended to you. Maybe say your sorry for taking your relationship with Him for granted. Either way, God’s love never fails.  “His hand is stretched out still.”

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